• Fall Activities

    Fall Activities

  • Apples

    Apples

  • Location

    Location

  • Pumpkins

    Pumpkins

  • Strawberries

    Strawberries

Apple Time!

Apple Time!

The fall apple season is just around the corner! Each day we see more ripening apples appear amongst the green of the orchard. As regular customers at Pleasant Valley Orchard, you probably already knew this – but I’m going to share our secret with you as to why our apples are simply the best around! […]

Sneak Peak to Fall

Sneak Peak to Fall

It’s August! Everywhere I went running errands people commented on the fact. Along with, “where did summer go?” I feel the same way! Late July, early August is the time we take a break between strawberry season and the fall season. We took that break last week and longed for one more week. But it’s […]

Strawberry Season Underway!

Strawberry Season Underway!

The 2017 pick-your-own strawberry season is underway! It looks to be a good one. We have an amazing crop of berries, and the picking is excellent!  Open daily at 8 am. Hours will vary depending on ripening conditions. The price this year is $2.40 a pound. We do provide containers. Your invited to call ahead […]

S is for Summer Strawberries

S is for Summer Strawberries

It is strawberry season in Minnesota once again and it is summer. Both are short and sweet. What is it about picking strawberries that makes so many yearn for the start of the season? Is it the joy of eating fresh picked, field ripened, juicy sweet strawberries? Is it your memories from childhood or that […]

Count Down to Strawberry Season

Count Down to Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season is just around the corner. We have an amazing crop ripening and expect to open sometime in mid-June; with the expectation we will be able to offer longer hours and the season should run through and beyond July 4th.  (Assuming the weather cooperates!) As you plan your trip – here are a few […]

Mother’s Day Bloom Walk

Mother’s Day Bloom Walk

Each spring we are delighted when the orchard is in bloom. It signals the end of winter and the start of growing season. It signals healthy trees and the hope of a good harvest in the fall. And then there is the beauty of pink and white flowers among new shoots of growing trees and […]

Every Day is Earth Day!

Every Day is Earth Day!

Clean water is intentional at Pleasant Valley Orchard. Runoff from our farm ends up in the St. Croix River, a designated National Wild & Scenic River. Any infiltration replenishes our local aquifers, which we and our neighbors rely on for our drinking water. In March, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture certified Pleasant Valley Orchard as […]

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

A sure sign of spring is when the first robins show up. And this year they showed up before March, 20th, the first day of spring. We were closely following those unusually warm February days, leery of what an early spring might mean. A more normal March has us all breathing a bit easier. So, […]

A Barn Story

A Barn Story

Barns are romantic, they engender an emotional response, a nostalgia if you will, for an era gone by. Old barns are a symbol of how a farm family’s life is intertwined with the land they farm. For many farm families, the barn was the center of farming activity. And so it is with us. Our […]

#OrchardLife in Winter

#OrchardLife in Winter

We get asked all the time. “What do you do all winter?” Actually I am glad that people ask.  It’s nice to welcome all our customers to our farm when we are open during our harvest, but, in reality, most of the growing work gets done at other times of the season.  Winter is no exception. […]